Walking with PGA Tour players

It was my very first time walking and witnessing a golf tournament as it was ongoing. And this was particularly special because it was an official PGA Tour challenge hosted in The Mines, Malaysia. Of course, this happened thanks to my friend; Philip, for the invitation and tickets.

All visitors had to go through an entrance where most sponsors are given booths to sell their products. Once you reach that exit, you’re given a free umbrella, stress ball and even a pair of disposable binoculars.

This experienced was definitely the closest I ever got to a PGA golf professional. Watching it on the television is one thing, but being able to stand only few feet away from them was just another feeling.

Practice range and Leaderboard

Patrons whipped out DSLR cameras and even video cameras to record some professionals warming up on the range. It was a beautiful morning with lots of sun as you can see.

Walk walk

Philip’s attended the event before so he had much tips to share for this event. Like instead of trailing the top players which plenty of others will trail, we opted to follow a different pair – Rory Sabbertini and Lucas Glover.

PGA professionals have it rough too

If you play golf, landing in the rough is one of the most dreadful things. In the above situation, looking for a ball approximately 1 inch big in that mess of knee deep rough would be a nightmare. Plus, Philip told me apparently you’ve only a limited amount of time to spot it, otherwise you’ll have to play on with a penalty stroke. They did find the ball in the end.

Quiet please

One of the things I wish I could’ve taken back were the volunteer’s sign. The one you see printed “Quiet”. LOL! It would’ve been a sweet souvenier. Too bad none of it were for sale – I just might make my own.

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This was a collection of short videos from the event. It’s just to give a rough summary of what was experienced when you walk with the pros. But from this experience, I may not walk the event every year. The heat was really much and visitors are required to walk a longer route – sometimes making you miss tee offs.

Hence, sitting in the comforts of your home, watching the game under much shade may be a better option when the PGA is in town.

God doesn’t want me to will a credit card

I never thought applying for a credit card would be such a pissing off experience. Let me begin my tale from the beginning. I decided to apply for a personal credit card so that I wouldn’t have to boggle my Dad with my spendings and I’d be able to keep Simpleet expenses more organized.

May Bank

My 1st choice was Maybank because of obvious reasons:

  1. I’ve a personal account with them.
  2. Smpleet’s account is with them.

Plus, my Dad and brother also suggested them because they said I should get approval faster since I’ve those accounts with them. But noooo, Maybank had to reject my application with such a reason every time I think about it, makes me feel like moving my account to another bank.

Their reason was: my salary slips were hand-written. -_-!!!!!!!! OMG!!

Seriously, I was so pissed off the moment I knew this. And I’m still pissed off about it.

Chinese Indian Muslim Bank

Moving on, from a bank who doesn’t recognize its own customer, I decided to give CIMB a whirl. My visit to apply at the nearest bank branch was met with too many people and there weren’t enough customer service officers. Hence, I decided to give the online application a try.

Well, I had to remind the CIMB Twitter support a couple of times to follow-up on my application. Other than that, one thing I learned from the experience was their staff emails couldn’t support ZIP files – from external emails, I think.

In the end, even CIMB rejected me because I apparently didn’t fulfill their credit limit. Which is weird because my salary is within their limit. Sigh. So there goes another bank.

City’s Bank

Yet to give up, I applied for Citibank because they had a booth at Curve while I was there with Ariel. The guy who attended to me gave a good vibe and I had a strong feeling Citibank would be my bank of choice very soon. With the Raya holidays at the time, my application was being processed, so I could only wait for good news.

Alas, Citibank also said they wouldn’t be able to accommodate at this time.

Seriously, this is when I’m already thinking to myself, God doesn’t want me to have a credit card.

Only thing now I can do – apply elsewhere

When I was discussing this with my Dad, his theory is that the annual income I declared in the application is different compared to the one in my income tax receipt. Well, it wasn’t very far off, and if this really were the case, I’m going to bring all my hard-copy documents along the next time and get the attendee to fill up the form for me.

Now, I’ve only 2 banks in mind I hope would defy God’s intention – Standard Chartered and Hong Leong Bank. Please don’t give me the lame excuse the tiger gave me.